It has become fashionable on the left and in Western Europe to compare
the Bush administration to the Nazis. The comparison is not without
some superficial merit. In both cases the government is run by a small
gang of snickering, stupid thugs whose vision of paradise is full of
explosions and beautifully designed prisons. Toss in the desert
fatigues motif and the "self-defense" invasion tactic, and there does
seem to be a good case.
But it's way off. It's wishful thinking. The Reich only lasted 12 years. The Soviets reigned for 75. They were better at it than the Nazis, and we're better at it than the Russians. Ask anyone who's lived in a communist country, and he'll tell you: Modern America is deja vu all over again. And if ever there was a Soviet spectacle, it was Bush's speech last week.
Think about it. Huge weapons on display, in foreground and background. The leader who has never fought dressed in full military regalia. Crowds of adoring soldiers and "shock worker" types dressed in colorful costumes, carefully arranged for the cameras. A terrible, excruciatingly dull speech, 20 minutes of incoherent, redundant patriotism (Bush used the words "free" or "freedom" 19 times in an 1800-word speech) and chimpanzoid chest-pounding.
On May Day.
It's an interesting parallel, though he's not the first to make that observation...